Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Every new lockdown rule from today as pub beer gardens, salons and gyms reopen

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Coronavirus in Sheffield LIVE: Updates as non-essential retails, hair salons, pubs, bars and gyms reopen in Sheffield and South Yorkshire

Last updated: Monday, 12 April, 2021, 09:04

  • Shops, bars and cafes reopening is ‘huge step’ for city
  • Huge queue forms outside Meadowhall Primark as non-essential stores reopen in Sheffield

Huge queue forms outside Meadowhall Primark as non-essential stores reopen in Sheffield

Today’s the day! Shops, bars and cafes reopening is ‘huge step’ for city

The next stage of lockdown easing is getting underway in Sheffield

From today you can:

- Shop in non-essential retails outlets

- Get a haircut or go to a beauty salon

- Go to the gym

- Eat or drink outside at a hospitality venue

- Visit outdoor attractions like theme parks

- Stay away from home overnight in self catered accommodation

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said it was a “big day” for reopening businesses, and that many were “excited and desperate” to welcome customers back.

“It’s a big day for the country and it’s a big day for all of these businesses reopening their doors today,” she told Sky News.

“They are very excited and desperate to welcome their customers back (with) the focus on safety.”

Ms Dickinson said that retailers were now used to preparing to reopen their doors, having experienced the process during previous lockdowns, but added that customers also had a “part to play”.

“Because they’ve been through this process before… they would have been ready the last week or the week before, and are just keen and enthusiastic to welcome us back,” she said.

“Members of the public have a part to play in following the signage, the guidance that we get given queueing if we need to… and all of the safety features that are in place.

“We have a role too.”

Concerns of a third covid wave

Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the Government, raised concerns about a third wave of infections in Chile, where a significant proportion of the population has been vaccinated.

Asked about the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, he told Sky News: “From the point of view of the population itself, we’re all dying to get out of lockdown.

“From the point of view of the epidemic, I think it’s all a little bit more worrying.”

He added: “Chile is a country where the rate of vaccination amongst the population was third highest in the world – they were ahead of us in terms of the number of people who have had the vaccine – and they’re suddenly now into a third wave.

“They now have 7,600 cases a day and the total number of people in Chile now who have Covid-19 is over a million .

“So what has happened in Chile is very, very surprising – a high percentage of people have been vaccinated, but here’s a variant of the disease coming through the country.”

Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser to the Government, said that he did not think it would be possible to stop the “Brazilian variant” of coronavirus coming to the UK, but added that travel abroad was still possible “on a very restricted basis”.

He told Sky News he supported a traffic light system for foreign travel, adding: “So if we’re talking about travelling directly to a country with a very low rate of the disease, and if the proper precautions are taken in that you’re fully tested or fully vaccinated, then I think it is quite feasible to allow people to travel overseas.

“But I think it should be on a very restricted basis.

“I think we know that the South African variant, for example, has come into this country. There’s a significant take up of it here.

“And the Brazilian variant – I don’t believe we can keep it out of the country.

“So the importance of the fine test, trace, isolate and support system just cannot be overestimated.”

PM tells people to behave responsibly as lockdown eases

Boris Johnson said the rule relaxations are “a major step forward in our roadmap to freedom”.

“I’m sure it will be a huge relief for those business owners who have been closed for so long, and for everyone else it’s a chance to get back to doing some of the things we love and have missed,” he added.

“I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress Covid as we push on with our vaccination programme.”

Boris Johnson has welcomed a “record-breaking day” for second doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

The Prime Minister tweeted: “Yesterday was a record-breaking day with 475,230 people receiving second doses. More than 7 million have now been fully vaccinated.

“Thanks to everyone involved in this extraordinary effort which has already saved thousands of lives.”

The Government said a further seven people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sunday, bringing the UK total to 127,087.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have been 150,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that, as of 9am on Sunday, there had been a further 1,730 lab-confirmed cases in the UK.

It brings the total to 4,369,775.

NHS England data shows a total of 4,047,546 jabs were given to people in London between December 8 and April 10, including 3,296,920 first doses and 750,626 second doses.

This compares with 5,263,799 first doses and 1,070,174 second doses given to people in the Midlands, a total of 6,333,973.

The breakdown for the other regions is:

– East of England: 3,235,736 first doses and 757,963 second doses, making 3,993,699 in total

– North East and Yorkshire: 4,283,721 first and 1,059,214 second doses (5,342,935)

– North West: 3,452,484 first and 843,711 second doses (4,296,195)

– South East: 4,407,623 first and 1,001,998 second doses (5,409,621)

– South West: 2,988,118 first and 671,104 second doses (3,659,222)

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